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  • 300 Sacks Castor Beans Found In Iraq By U.S.Troops[per MSNBC]

    06/25/2003 9:14:47 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 115 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 25, 2003 | vanity
    I was watching TV this evening and started to flip cable channels when I saw a streaming on MSNBC on our forces finding castor beans. The following is a part of what their website said about it. NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski that within just the past week, U.S. investigators had found two shipping containers filled with millions of much more recent documents relating to chemical and biological weapons. One of the documents, from 2001, was titled “Document burial and U.N. activities in Iraq,” the sources said. It gave detailed instructions on how to hide materials and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors,...
  • First Female Black POW Speaks Out in Book

    02/05/2010 6:12:09 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 140 replies · 2,613+ views
    cbs ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 | unknown
    (AP) Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either. In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity and tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush. "It was kind of hurtful," the former Army cook said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If I'd been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been different."
  • Visionary doctor helps hundreds of Iraqis

    05/29/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Nathan Gallahan, USAF
    /29/2008 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A single doctor, a retired Air Force colonel, arrived here without much fanfare May 18 and left four days later. He left in his wake improved sight for many Iraqis and priceless training for Nasiriyah General Hospital physicians in Nasiriyah, Iraq. He traveled with a few bags and a 50-pound box containing a microscope. A specialized, portable, eye-surgery microscope he used to treat people who may not have otherwise afforded it. He also carried 200 prescription glasses and 300 sunglasses to hand out freely to those in need. He performed his wonders at...
  • Nasiriyah Hospital Renovation Nears Completion

    10/09/2007 4:34:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 140+ views
    Defend America News ^ | John Connor
    Nasiriyah Hospital Renovation Nears Completion A newly renovated maternity and pediatric hospital with 285 beds is expected to reduce the infant mortality rate in Dhi Qar province in Iraq. By John Connor U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Gulf Region South District NASIRIYAH, Iraq, Oct. 9, 2007 — Renovation work is nearly complete on the Nasiriyah Maternity and Pediatric Hospital, a facility whose re-opening has been eagerly anticipated by expectant mothers, medical professionals and many others in Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq. "It's a beautiful facility. And it will do a lot of good once it's open again." U.S. Navy Cmdr....
  • The Story of Jessica Lynch What really happened in Nasiriyah.

    04/25/2007 5:48:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies · 5,570+ views
    the Weekly Standard ^ | April 24, 2007 | Richard S. Lowry
    TODAY, THE HOUSE Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chaired by Henry Waxman (D-CA) conducted a hearing into "misleading military statements" that followed the death of Pat Tillman and the ordeal of Jessica Lynch. I cannot speak of the Pat Tillman incident, but I can speak to the story of Jessica Lynch.I spent more than two years of my life studying the battle of An Nasiriyah. I read thousands of pages of government reports and personally interviewed nearly one-hundred of the participants of the battle, including four survivors of the 507th Maintenance Company's ambush, several Marines who came upon the...
  • Friendly Fire in Iraq - Inept Investigation or Pentagon Cover-Up?

    03/27/2007 11:50:22 PM PDT · by aprilmapes · 2 replies · 509+ views
    Friendly Fire in Iraq: Pentagon Cover Up or Inept Investigation Tue Mar 27, 3:00 AM ET ERSNews.com has exclusively obtained never before seen photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. Los Angeles (ERSNews.com ) March 27, 2007 -- Was the Pentagon covering up or was their investigation inept? These are questions being asked by the web site, ERSNews.com. ERSNews.com has exclusively obtained never seen before photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. The official...
  • Iraqis to Complete Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station

    03/05/2007 5:07:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Mohammed Aliwi and B.J. Weiner
    Iraqis to Complete Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station Work will include installation of 12 pumps and 12 swing gates. By Mohammed Aliwi and B.J. Weiner Gulf Region South District AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq, March 5, 2007 -- In a simple ceremony recently, the Iraqi government’s Ministry of Water Resources took responsibility for completing the Nasiriyah Drainage Pump Station from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers southern district. The pump station, a critical project for improving agriculture in the south, has progressed to being 70 percent complete, according to Lt. Col. Dale Johnson, Camp Adder area engineer, USACE. He emphasized that USACE...
  • Americans Believed Captured in Iraq Ambush

    11/16/2006 3:28:19 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 57 replies · 1,642+ views
    ABC News ^ | 16 Nov 2006 | By JONATHAN KARL and MARTIN CLANCY
    Contractors' Convoy Was Ambushed, Military Officials Say WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2006 — Four Americans are believed to be among 14 people kidnapped in an ambush of a convoy of contractors in Iraq near the city of Nasariyah, defense officials tell ABC News. The incident took place this afternoon in a normally peaceful part of southern Iraq. A convoy run by a Kuwaiti-based company called Crescent Security Group was driving from near the Kuwaiti border to an Italian base near the City of Nasariyah. Early in the trip, the convoy stopped at what looked like an Iraqi police checkpoint, military officials...
  • Howard points to Iraq role change

    06/18/2006 9:59:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 133+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 19th June 2006 | Max Blenkin
    PRIME Minister John Howard today foreshadowed a possible security role for Australian troops in supporting Iraq forces around the city of Nasiriyah. Mr Howard said any operations in Iraq were dangerous and great efforts would be made to minimise the risks in any future role. The move depends on a Japanese government decision to withdraw its 600-member engineering task group from Al Muthanna province and Mr Howard said there was speculation an announcement was imminent. Also tipped is an announcement of the transfer of security responsibilities for some southern Iraq provinces from coalition forces to the new Iraqi military. Mr...
  • Water Project on schedule in Southern Iraq

    06/15/2005 7:27:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 344+ views
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ^ | June 10, 2005 | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Nasiriyah, Iraq – Iraq’s clean water supply country-wide has ebbed slowly for decades because of war, an antiquated pipeline network and co-mingling with sewage as a result of illegal line tapping. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South District is riding the waves of progress to get the people of southern Iraq the clean drinking water they need.In the Thi Qar Province, the $173 million Nasiriyah Water Treatment Plant has two scopes of work: one is to finish the construction on the partially completed plant, and the other is to run water pipeline from Ash Shatrah to Suk...
  • Army Has Made Many Changes Since 507th Ambush Anniversary

    03/25/2005 7:43:07 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 1 replies · 339+ views
    El Paso Times | March 23, 2005 | Chris Roberts
    Two years after six members of the 507th Maintenance Company stationed at Fort Bliss were captured and nine killed in an ambush in Nasiriyah, Iraq, training has changed to better reflect the realities soldiers are facing, including the lack of a well-defined front line where most of the fighting takes place."Hindsight is 20/20; of course we didn't think of it at the time," said former Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson, who was captured after being wounded in the legs. "We needed a different kind of convoy training and an improvement to the armor on the vehicles. It's good to see that...
  • Italian Military Deny Having Turned Back U.S. Reporter Kidnapped In Iraq

    08/16/2004 7:46:01 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 421+ views
    Agence France-Presse | August 16, 2004
    ROME, Aug 16 (AFP) - Italian military officials denied on Monday reports that they had kicked out of their base in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah an American journalist who was kidnapped at the weekend while reporting on archaeological sites in the area. "The journalist was not kicked out of Camp Mittica, the Italian base where he had been staying since early June," Captain Ettore Sarli, spokesman for the Italian contingent in Iraq, was quoted as saying by the Ansa news agency. "The journalist stayed with us until August 11 when he handed back the badge that allowed...
  • Al-Jazeera says French-American journalist kidnapped in southern Iraq

    08/15/2004 11:20:15 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 357+ views
    Associated Press | August 15, 2004
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A French-American journalist was kidnapped Monday in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, Al-Jazeera television reported. The journalist was reportedly a citizen of both France and the United States, but was not otherwise identified. No other details were immediately available. The report could not immediately be authenticated.
  • U.S.: Zarqawi May Be Behind Iraq Attacks

    01/30/2004 6:28:30 PM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 198+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 30, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say they have mounting evidence to suggest al-Qaida operative Abu Musab Zarqawi has had a hand in multiple attacks in Iraq, including those on a mosque in Najaf, the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and Italy's paramilitary police station in Nasiriyah. Another al-Qaida member, Hassan Ghul, was arrested this month while entering northern Iraq and is believed to have met with Zarqawi to plan attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, said a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.Now in U.S. custody, Ghul is believed to be cooperating with interrogators. He known as a facilitator...
  • Bumps in the Road: Unexpected difficulty in Nasiriyah; a dust storm; a shortage of supplies.

    07/01/2004 8:58:07 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 4 replies · 299+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 01, 2004 | John Keegan
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a five-part series of excerpts from The Iraq War, by John Keegan. Together they comprise chapter six: "The American War." Nasiriyah is an important crossing place over the Euphrates. A combat historian travelling with 1st MEF described it as 'a dingy, neglected collection of one- and two-storey cinder-block and mud houses sandwiched in square city blocks between the river and the Saddam Canal to the north. In essence an island two and a half miles square, Nasiriyah had bridges on its north and south ends: two on Route 7 through the heart of...
  • Iraqi captors killed Salem soldier Walters, Army says

    05/27/2004 10:43:28 PM PDT · by fortress · 55 replies · 616+ views
    KGW, Portland Oregon ^ | May 27, 2004 | ABE ESTIMADA, kgw.com Staff
    08:09 PM PDT on Thursday, May 27, 2004 By ABE ESTIMADA, kgw.com Staff SALEM – Sgt. Donald Walters was captured then killed by his Iraqi captors after his U.S. Army convoy took a wrong turn into the town of Nasiriyah during the beginning of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A photo of U.S. Army Sgt. Donald Walters of Salem, which was on display during a past memorial ceremony. (AP Photo) Walters, a Salem man who was thought to have been killed in action and posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his valor in combat, is now considered a prisoner...
  • Iraq Insurgents Drive Italians From Nasiriyah Base

    05/16/2004 5:10:34 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 20 replies · 198+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2004 | Christopher Torchia
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr drove Italian forces from a base in the southern city of Nasiriyah on Sunday and attacked coalition headquarters there with grenade and mortar fire as tensions in the Shiite region escalated. Two U.S. soldiers died elsewhere. Gunmen also killed three Iraqi women working for the U.S.-led coalition. Two Iraqi fighters were killed and 20 were wounded in battles in Nasiriyah, mostly at two bridges crossing the Euphrates River, residents said. The Italian troops evacuated as their base came under repeated attack. Portuguese police were called out to support the Italians,...
  • Nasiriyah - day 3 under siege - video of italians evacuating base - 20 wounded

    05/16/2004 4:24:30 PM PDT · by Truth666 · 39 replies · 188+ views
    corriere della sera ^ | 04/05/16 | corriere della sera
    The second of the 4 links is a video from inside a tank evacuating a base in Nasiriyah today, suddenly coming under attack.
  • Coalition Evacuates HQ in Nasiriyah

    05/16/2004 2:53:21 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 13 replies · 117+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2004 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Most of the civilian staff of the U.S.-led coalition was evacuated from their headquarters in the southern city of Nasiriyah because of growing threats from Muqtada al-Sadr's militiamen, a coalition official said Sunday. The official, Andrea Angeli, said only two civilians remain in the coalition headquarters, which was attacked Friday by al-Sadr militiamen. Coalition forces regained control of the building before dawn Saturday. The rest of the 10-member staff was evacuated Saturday afternoon to the coalition military base six miles out of town, Angeli said. He said there was more gunfire near the building Sunday and that...
  • Gunmen Attack Coalition HQ in Nasiriyah

    05/14/2004 10:02:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | May 14, 2004
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen believed loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attacked the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Nasiriyah on Friday, trapping some international staffers inside, coalition officials said. The gunbattle erupted about 7 p.m. between militiamen and Italian troops supported by Filipino security guards, officials said. At least five rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the building over a half hour period. About 10 coalition staffers, including Italians, Americans and Britons along with 10 drivers and security guards remain trapped in the building, the officials said. Four Italian journalists were also holed up in the building. Earlier, militiamen pushed...
  • Italian troops destroy radical Shiite cleric's office in Nasiriyah

    04/11/2004 4:31:18 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 70 replies · 534+ views
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - Italian soldiers of the US-led coalition destroyed the office of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr in this southern Iraqi town, a day after Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi visited the contingent. Residents said the Italians used explosive charges to level the building at dawn in the wake of bloody clashes between Sadr's banned Mehdi Army militia and coalition forces. There was no immediate reaction from Sadr loyalists in the town where Italian soldiers have increased patrols. Berlusconi, a close Washington ally, spent several hours here on a surprise morale-boosting visit to his troops Saturday, telling them their...
  • Italy's Berlusconi visits troops in Iraq

    04/10/2004 4:16:53 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 28 replies · 262+ views
    Seattle Post ^ | 4/10/04
    ROME -- Premier Silvio Berlusconi made an unannounced visit to Iraq early Saturday to meet with Italian troops based in the southern city of Nasiriyah, his office said. The premier flew in early Saturday and was to meet with Italian troops later in the day, his office said. Some 2,900 Italian troops in Iraq to aid reconstruction efforts around the southern town of Nasiriyah. Berlusconi, a conservative ally of President Bush, supported the U.S.-led war and agreed to send troops after the conflict. Italian government ministers have repeatedly said Italian troops will not be pulled out of Iraq early despite...
  • CENTCOM, Task Force 1st Armored Div. Will Stay the Course in Iraq

    04/09/2004 6:34:46 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 181+ views
    DoD ^ | April 9, 2004 | Army Sgt. Merrion Lasonde, 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
      CENTCOM, Task Force 1st Armored Div.Will Stay the Course in Iraq By U.S. Army Sgt. Merrion Lasonde 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 9, 2004 — U.S. forces will remain in Iraq as long as necessary to bring peace and stability to Iraq according to the commanding generals of the U.S. Central Command and Task Force 1st Armored Division. Speaking at an impromptu press conference following a mission briefing, Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command, and Maj. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Task Force 1st Armored Division commanding general, addressed the current situation in Iraq April...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 4/8/04-Fallujah,Abu Ghraib

    04/08/2004 7:10:53 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 72 replies · 708+ views
    NASA, Yahoo, AP, AFP, Reuters, the usual suspects, and many brave photographers | 4/8/04 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 4/8/04 - Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, Sadr City, Nasiriyah, Kirkuk, Mosul, Najaf BREAKING: Fallujah - US Marine heroes in Liberated Iraq BREAKING: Abu Ghraib - Behind enemy lines and MISSED OPPORTUNITY BREAKING: Nasiriyah - Italian heroes protect Freedom BREAKING: South Korean and Japanese hostages BREAKING: Sadr City, Kirkuk, Mosul, Najaf ========= Fallujah ========= BREAKING: HEROES IN FALLUJAH In Fallujah, US Marine heroes on patrol and watch as they guard Freedom in Liberated Iraq, this morning, Thursday April 8 2004. In Fallujah, with the Iraqi special forces, here heroes of a unit formed by...
  • 1st Cavalry Now Controls Western Baghdad

    02/10/2004 7:22:03 AM PST · by evets · 2 replies · 228+ views
    The western part of Baghdad is now under the control of Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division. Soldiers with the Army Taskforce 2/70 "Thunderbolt" Division handed over responsibility to their newly arrived comrades today (Tuesday). The soldiers of 2/70 spearheaded the invasion of Iraq and fought their way up to Baghdad with battles in Nasiriyah, Samawah and Najaf. After spending nearly a year away from home, the First Armored Division will head home to Fort Riley, Kansas. The First Cavalry will officially take over all of Baghdad in April.
  • Iraq TV Shot Tape of POWs Lynch, Piestewa

    12/30/2003 6:28:04 PM PST · by saquin · 130 replies · 703+ views
    NEW YORK - Graphic video footage of a badly injured Jessica Lynch and Lori Piestewa, who may have died shortly afterward, was taken by Iraqi state television following the ambush of the soldiers' Army convoy, NBC reported Tuesday night. The video, aired on "NBC Nightly News," shows the two Army privates at the hospital where they were taken following the March 23 ambush of the 507th Maintenance Co. The tape was never aired in Iraq, NBC reported. Piestewa, her face swollen and bruised and her head loosely bandaged, is shown as someone positions her feet, and then her head, for...
  • 'There Were Dead Bodies Everywhere, It Seemed Like The End Of The World'

    11/12/2003 6:47:53 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 228+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-13-2003 | Jack Fairweather
    'There were dead bodies everywhere, it seemed like the end of the world' (Filed: 13/11/2003) Guards opened fire but they could not stop the speeding tanker packed with explosives. Jack Fairweather reports from Nasiriyah The Italian military compound was the softest of targets. Unlike the fortresses of coalition units in Baghdad, sheltering behind concrete crash barriers, the Italian police station in Nasiriyah had only a few rolls of barbed wire and sandbags to protect it. Although the scene of some of the heaviest fighting during the war, Nasiriyah has since welcomed foreigners and the Italians were tragically ill-prepared for what...
  • At least 12 reported killed in truck bombing at Italian base in Iraq

    11/12/2003 4:25:08 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 182+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 11/12/03
    At least 12 Italian police and soldiers were reported killed in a truck bomb attack against their base in southern Iraq, the first Italian casualties since they joined the US-led coalition in June. The massive blast gutted the building housing the paramilitary Carabinieri force in Nasiriyah in southern Iraq, trapping several men under rubble. The Ansa news agency said nine of the dead belonged to the paramilitary Carabinieri force and three were members of an army contingent in Iraq, where Italy has deployed a total force of 3,000. The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Pier Ferdinando Casini, calling for...
  • At least 14 Italians die in Iraq attack (Italian police HQ in Nasiriyah)

    11/12/2003 4:51:00 AM PST · by wimpycat · 41 replies · 226+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 11/12/03 | NBC News and News Services
    Nov. 12 — A truck bomb rocked the headquarters of the Italian Carabinieri police in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on Wednesday, killing at least 14 Italians and possibly trapping others under the debris, Carabinieri officials said in Rome. The Arabic language television station Al-Jazeera said eight Iraqis were also killed. IT WAS THE first such attack in this relatively quiet Shiite Muslim city since the beginning of the U.S.-led occupation and appeared aimed at sending a message to international organizations that they are not safe anywhere in Iraq. Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi called the bombing a “terrorist...
  • Explosion hits Italian police headquarters in Nassiriyah

    11/12/2003 1:22:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies · 388+ views
    <p>Iraqis and the Italian military police may have suffered some injuries in the blast, the official said, but more details were not immediately available.</p> <p>Italy has sent about 2,500 troops to help the reconstruction in Iraq.</p>
  • Military: Iraqi Detainee Was Strangled

    10/22/2003 7:46:47 PM PDT · by TexKat · 17 replies · 202+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 10/22/03 | MICHELLE MORGANTE, Associated Press Writer
    SAN DIEGO - A Baath Party official who died in a detention camp in southern Iraq suffocated after a U.S. Marine reservist grabbed him by the neck and snapped a bone in his throat, according to a military investigation. An autopsy found that Nagem Sadoon Hatab's death on June 6 was caused by "strangulation/asphyxiation," Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Dan Rawson said Wednesday. Hatab suffered a broken hyoid bone, a U-shaped bone that supports the tongue. Lance Cpl. Christian Hernandez and his superior officer, Maj. Clark A. Paulus, are charged with negligent homicide in the death. They have been assigned to...
  • AN NYC MARINE BIRTHDAY BASH

    10/01/2003 3:09:39 AM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 222+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/01/03 | BOB McMANUS
    <p>October 1, 2003 -- The Marines are looking for a few good ballrooms.</p> <p>Well, actually one will do.</p> <p>As long as it's in Manhattan, not overly expensive and available on the evening of Nov. 8 for the officers and men of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment of the 4th Marine Division - late of Nasiriyah, Iraq, by way of Kuwait and Campe Lejeune.</p>
  • What happened to Spc. James Kiehl that made his widow sick after meeting with military briefers?

    07/05/2003 4:53:39 AM PDT · by milemark · 49 replies · 831+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | 07/04/03 | Laura Cruz
    Military tells 507th, kin details of ambush Laura Cruz El Paso Times Army officials have begun telling families and members of Fort Bliss' 507th Maintenance Company what the military's investigation has found about the March 23 ambush in Iraq in which nine 507th soldiers were killed, six captured and four wounded. The families Thursday were not discussing what they had been told because the Army asked them not to speak publicly until all families have been given the information. But Janie Kiehl, mother of slain soldier James Kiehl, who hadn't been briefed on the ambush yet, said that when her...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Relations in New Era

    05/02/2003 10:51:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 200+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 02 2003 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS/AP
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq - In his first days of trying to help Iraqis feel more secure, Sgt. David Marr felt so insecure himself that he wore his body armor and helmet. Now he's ditched that gear for a T-shirt and headscarf and won the trust of local Bedouins who call him "Sheik Daoud." "We're at war at the moment ... and you actually end up with friends," the U.S. army civil affairs officer marveled as he delivered water and food rations to impoverished Bedouin tribes on the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah. For weeks, tense coalition forces watched Iraqis...
  • Iraqis Seek Democracy, Rule of Law, Women's Role, Document Says

    04/15/2003 10:05:40 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies · 168+ views
    Bloomberg Terminal | 4/15/03 | Bloomberg Staff
    Iraqis Seek Democracy, Rule of Law, Women's Role, Document Says Washington, April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Participants in the first meeting of future Iraqi leaders, including Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites, issued the following statement at the end of the session convened by the U.S.-led coalition near Nasiriyah. The group will meet again in 10 days. U.S. Central Command, which is leading the war and rebuilding efforts, released the statement: 1. Iraq must be democratic. 2. The future government of Iraq should not be based on communal identity. 3. A future government should be organized as a democratic federal system, but on...
  • We Want An Islamic State, Say Protesters

    04/15/2003 6:15:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 222+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-16-2003 | Sandra Laville
    We want an Islamic state, say protesters By Sandra Laville in Nasiriyah (Filed: 16/04/2003) As America gathered its chosen leaders for the new Iraq behind barbed wire checkpoints on an airbase in the desert, the seeds of a new democracy were being scattered on the streets of Nasiriyah yesterday. Chanting "Yes, Yes, Islam, No America, No Saddam", a slogan they never dared to whisper under the old regime, Shia religious leaders led a demonstration of more than 3,000 men to protest against the US-led attempts to build a new government. Watched by hundreds who did not agree with what they...
  • Iranian backed Shiite opposition boycotts US meeting

    04/14/2003 7:38:07 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 26 replies · 230+ views
    Financial Review ^ | 4/14/03 | Financial Review
    The biggest Iraqi Shi'ite opposition group says it will boycott a US-hosted meeting of opposition factions on Tuesday. It also says it will not recognise a US-installed interim administration for Iraq. A senior leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq, Abdul Aziz Hakim, told a news conference on Monday his group would not be going to the meeting of US officials and Iraqi political parties opposed to ousted President Saddam Hussein in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. "We will not attend the meeting in Nasiriyah because the Iraqi people won't accept preparations for an administration...
  • Daylight Falls on Iraq’s Torture Chambers

    04/13/2003 9:32:49 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 11 replies · 246+ views
    http://www.cantonrep.com ^ | 4-12-03 | Mark Magnier Los Angeles Times
    <p>NASIRIYAH, Iraq Sheik Lami Abbas Ajali looked around at the small cell where he spent several bleak weeks of his life and recounted the torture: How he was hit, prodded, had his eyelids pulled back, electric shocks applied to his temples and genitals, how he was handcuffed with tight manacles and then lifted into the air from behind.</p>
  • Potential leaders to convene in Nasiriyah

    04/12/2003 12:21:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2003 | By Sharon Behn and Nicholas Kralev
    <p>Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi is rapidly building up a power base in southern Iraq, using his 700-strong force to help restore law and order in the area, filling a political power vacuum left by the fall of Baghdad.</p> <p>Mr. Chalabi, who heads the Iraqi National Congress, is one of a number of key Iraqi opposition figures invited to attend a meeting Tuesday between White House envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and coalition leaders as a first step towards an Iraqi interim authority.</p>
  • Bloodstained Uniforms Found In Hunt For POWS

    04/08/2003 6:15:13 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 182+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-9-2003 | David Rennie
    Bloodstained uniforms found in hunt for PoWs By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 09/04/2003) United States Marines have found blood-stained American uniforms and chemical weapons suits in a Baghdad military jail, the Pentagon said yesterday, but no trace of seven captured soldiers paraded on Iraqi television. Hundreds of marines raided a military prison at Rashid airfield in south eastern Baghdad early yesterday following a lead that US prisoners of war were there. Instead they found six pairs of camouflage trousers, and two chemical protection jackets. Two items bore the name tags of soldiers listed as captured. "Some of the uniform...
  • Nasiriyah citizens claim mistreatment

    04/07/2003 10:45:03 AM PDT · by bedolido · 34 replies · 250+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 04/07/03 | Al Jazeera
    Iraqis living in the south of the country said Friday they have been maltreated by US and British troops despite reports in the media highlighting their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to areas under their control. The Iraqis complained that the US-led troops had showed insensitivity towards Arab Muslim traditions. “They put their hands on the bodies of the women as they search them,” said an elderly man from Nasiriyah in weeping tears of humiliation. “We don’t want money, we don’t want food,” an angry man said. “What we want is our dignity,” The man, from the southern city of...
  • Deserted army camp hides a grisly secret

    04/06/2003 7:40:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 194+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | April 06 2003 | Sunday Sun
    Evidence of Saddam Hussein's punishment squads has been discovered in Iraq's western desert, it was revealed yesterday. At a deserted training camp near Nasiriyah British intelligence officers found records of ear amputations meted out to anyone speaking out of turn. The detailed security punishment dossiers were discovered yesterday by 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. Hand-written books uncovered detailed the names and addresses of locals who had been overheard complaining about the regime. Captain "Mac" McGee, a member of the intelligence gathering team, said: "It had the names of anyone who didn't show enough support for Saddam. "It was a record...
  • Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river

    04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 31 replies · 1,064+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-5-03 | David Harrison
    Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river By David Harrison in Nasiriyah (Filed: 06/04/2003) Mustard gas and cyanide have been found in river water in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, coalition forces said yesterday. The poisonous substances are believed to have been dumped in the Euphrates either by Iraqi soldiers fleeing from American troops or local factories that produced weapons of mass destruction. A spokesman for the United States marines, based just outside the city, described the quantities of chemical agents found as "significant" and claimed that it was further evidence that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction....
  • Camp reveals dark secrets of Saddam's notorious Fedayeen

    04/05/2003 3:30:14 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 15 replies · 1,153+ views
    The Independent ^ | 4-5-03 | Andrew Buncombe
    Camp reveals dark secrets of Saddam's notorious Fedayeen Andrew Buncombe in Nasiriyah 05 April 2003 The painted mural of Saddam Hussein surrounded by his ninja-dressed Fedayeen had been thrown into the gutter and the gates of the compound flung wide open. For a generation the gates of this camp belonging to President Saddam's fanatical militia had been kept tightly shut, the things that went on inside only to be told in whispers by the people of Nasiriyah, or else experienced first-hand by those unlucky enough to be brought here. But yesterday the white-walled compound lay in blackened ruins and its...
  • Interaction Of Civilians, Marines In Iraq

    04/03/2003 7:16:57 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 248+ views
    Interaction of Civilians, Marines in Iraq Friday April 4, 2003 3:50 AM NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) - A flimsy donkey cart rolled slowly toward the heavily guarded bridge. In it rode a teenage boy, his legs horribly burned from accidentally spilling hot oil on himself. The boy needed help. He found it from U.S. forces. When the Americans reached Nasiriyah after days of heavy fighting, many anticipated an angry reception. Instead, the residents offered thumbs-up signs, cups of tea and an occasional precious cigarette in return for anything from medical aid to a stick of chewing gum. ``I think they are...
  • Chaos Reigns As Armed Looters Steal Drugs In Nasiriyah

    04/03/2003 4:18:23 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 223+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-4-2003 | Philip Smucker
    Chaos reigns as armed looters steal drugs in Nasiriyah By Philip Smucker (Filed: 04/04/2003) It did not take long for the looters to appear. Just hours after US marines left the hospital in Nasiriyah following their dramatic raid to rescue Pte Jessica Lynch, the wards were under attack yesterday by 20 men in long gowns and head scarves, carrying grenades and machineguns. Hospital workers said the men rampaged through the wards stealing drugs and generators as terrified patients on all floors fled. If Nasiriyah is the future of "liberated Iraq", the anarchic scenes in the municipal buildings and streets of...
  • One Iraqi seeks `place to rest' after refusing to fight for Saddam (from Nasiriyah)

    04/02/2003 10:05:50 PM PST · by Shermy · 17 replies · 203+ views
    AP ^ | April 2, 2003
    BASHUR, Iraq - He claims he refused to fight for Saddam Hussein. Now he says he is battling to survive. Mustafa Ibrahim Nasar appeared this week outside an airstrip being transformed by U.S. forces into a main staging point in the Western-protected Kurdish region. Kurdish guards would not let the 33-year-old man approach U.S. paratroopers to tell his story. "What do you want?" the Kurdish sentry barked. "I just want some help," Nasar replied in Arabic typical of Iraq's southern Euphrates River valley. "Maybe the Americans will help me." Nasar gave up without argument. He was too weak and too...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 4/2/03-Rescues,Najaf,Nasiriyah,Arbil,Umm Qasr

    04/02/2003 10:25:42 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 104 replies · 3,175+ views
    DOD, IraqiTV, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects | 4/3/03 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 4/3/03 - Rescues, Najaf, Nasiriyah, Arbil, Umm Qasr BREAKING: Freed behind Enemy Lines - POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch BREAKING: Freed in Az Zubaya - Black Watch BREAKING: Baghdad - Republican Guard palace + BREAKING: Najaf - cache of Iraqi weapons from Saddam's military school BREAKING: Nasiriyah - Battle lines BREAKING: Nasiriyah - captured Iraqi military base BREAKING: Nasiriyah - WMD-suits, masks and ammunition which were found at military installation BREAKING: Nasiriyah - freed Iraqi bedouins BREAKING: Arbil - Atropine injectors left by retreating Iraqis BREAKING: Halabja - New sheriff in town...
  • Video of Urban Fighting in Nasiriyah

    03/31/2003 8:12:54 AM PST · by Smogger · 2 replies · 310+ views
    MSNBC.COM ^ | 03/30/03 | MSNBC NEWS SERVICES
    Kerry Sanders of MSNBC reports from Nasiriyah where the 8th Marines continue to attempt clear the city of Iraqi resistance. Footage of Cobra gunships attacking Iraqi snipers with 50 caliber, grenade launchers, and Hellfire missiles.
  • U.S. Body Reveals "Torture Hospital" Secrets: Iraqis operating torture chambers for U.S. POWs

    03/30/2003 11:37:47 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 85 replies · 1,547+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Monday, March 31, 2003 | By Brad Hunter
    U.S. Body Reveals "Torture Hospital" SecretsBy Brad HunterNew York Post | March 31, 2003 HORROR SCENE:A car battery adjacent to a metal bed frame is evidence of Iraqi torturers' work. - CNBC At least one of the bodies of the four American soldiers discovered in a shallow grave was "brutalized and mutilated," Pentagon sources revealed yesterday. The corpses were unearthed in the vicinity of the "hospital" at Nasiriyah where U.S. Marines found evidence that the Iraqis had operated a torture chamber. Military officials are now investigating whether there is any connection between the hospital and the fate of at least...